Discovery Grant to study deliberative systems

An Australian Research Council Discovery Grant has been awarded for a project to map and compare two deliberative systems in Australia and Scotland.

The project aims to understand why some promises of a ‘national conversation’ on a policy issue seem to be mere hyperbole, while others seem more authentic. Using a combination of deliberative systems theory, the aims and understandings of key actors in each case, and the online and qualitative methods that André Bächtiger and John Parkinson are developing, the project will compare two cases that claimed to spark a national conversation: the Scottish National Conversation 2007–14; and the ongoing issue of Indigenous constitutional recognition in Australia. It will then attempt to draw lessons for implementing good practice in Australia and elsewhere.

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